Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of emotions and hormones that is not always very manageable. One of the many things you will experience during pregnancy is an elevated body temperature. With the baby bump and the fact that nothing in your wardrobe fits you anymore, the prickly summer heat does not help.
Why Is My Temperature Higher During Pregnancy
As your body brings another human being to life, it will undergo several changes. It is perfectly normal to experience temperature spikes. That is because of three major reasons: your metabolism is overworking itself, your body is retaining extra fluids, and you have more blood pumping through your veins. For that reason, slight temperature hikes are to be expected.
However, it is important to ensure your body does not overheat. This can be particularly tricky during the summers. But, that does not mean it is impossible. There are several ways you can cool down and make sure you’re comfortable during your summer pregnancy.
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How Can I Prevent Overheating During Summer Pregnancy
Mothers, we know you are exhausted by the heat. You keep trying to figure out ways to stay cool. While sitting in an air-conditioned room seems like the best possible course of action, you probably still need to move around and go places. Since we’ve been there and done that, we have collected a bunch of simple tips and tricks to help you stay cool during the summer while pregnant.
Revamp Your Wardrobe
Let’s face it, nothing in your wardrobe will fit you right anymore. At least not for the next year. You will need to go shopping and get maternity clothes. The best part about maternity summer fashion is how breathable, light, and loose the clothing is. Pregnancy summer wear doubles up as comfortable and cooling.
Go for light-colored linen outfits. Those are honestly your best friend. Aside from the obvious cooling and comfort benefits, they are also quite chic and trendy. Trust us, light-colored loose outfits are all the rage right now!
We cannot stress enough just how important staying hydrated is. Pregnant or not, water is always your best friend in the summers. Staying hydrated allows your body to adjust to the heat as well as release it far better. Owing to all the sweating, your body will also need to replace all the moisture leaving it. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it is recommended that pregnant mamas drink from 8 to 12 glasses of water every day. This number will increase if you follow an active lifestyle.
Another great way to stay hydrated while pregnant during summer is to increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can always opt for smoothies, fruit juices, and vegetable shakes as well.
Peppermint Essential Oil Really Helps
You would not think an oil would be the best solution to beat the summer pregnancy heat. But it really does. In addition to its cooling effects, the refreshing aroma also helps reduce nausea and general feelings of unease. You can add a few drops to your bath, or you can mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on your neck, chest, and shoulders.
You can also mix it with cold water and soak a washcloth in the mixture. Wring out the washcloth and place it on your forehead. This will instantly reduce your body temperature and also calm you down.
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Aerate Your Surroundings
Making sure that your home is breezy is a great solution for pregnancy and summer. A simple and foolproof way to do so is to use your windows. Keeping your windows open and night and shuttered in the mornings creates the perfect breezy and cool space. If you have fans, use them to circulate the air in your home.
Pay Attention To Your Sleep Environment
Your rest is very important during pregnancy. And if your sleep environment is uncomfortable, you will not be able to rest properly. A cooling sleep sanctuary is a pregnant mama’s best friend. Pick out some cool cotton, silk, or linen loose pajamas. Pair those with light bedsheets and a course of air in your bedroom. Whether you prefer fans or ACs or just popping open the windows, allow some sort of breeze to keep you company.
A simple trick that most mamas don’t know is using a freezer pack wrapped in a pillowcase as a makeshift cooling source. You can place it under your feet to take care of those burning soles.
Pregnancy and summer are not a fun combination. You need to make sure that you are giving yourself time off. Relax and unwind with a cool bath, relaxing music, or simply just lounge around. You need not overexert yourself and particularly not with the heat and a baby along the way.
It’s perfectly alright to shut out the world and take some me time.
Speaking of pregnancy, have you started preparing your nursery yet?
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